|The Texas Republican Party's 2014 platform is one of the party's most extreme -- and their most anti-gay yet.
According to Republicans, being gay is nothing but an "alternative lifestyle" and "sinful and immoral sexual behavior." Under their platform, LGBT people do not deserve any legal rights:
Homosexuality must not be presented as an acceptable alternative lifestyle, in public policy, nor should family be redefined to include homosexual couples. We believe there should be no granting of special legal entitlements or creation of special status for homosexual behavior, regardless of state of origin.
And, any anti-gay and homophobic individual should be allowed to freely discriminate against the LGBT community:
Additionally, we oppose any criminal or civil penalties against those who oppose homosexuality out of faith, conviction, or belief in traditional values.
In accordance to these same views, Republicans oppose the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) and other LGBT non-discrimination laws:
We oppose government regulations which would coerce religious business owners and employees to violate their own beliefs and principles by affirming what they consider to be sinful and sexually immoral behavior.
Even though Texas Republicans don't believe LGBT people should have any rights, they are clearly fully aware of the sweeping change of heart in support for equality that is occurring across the country. Republicans seem terrified by this. So much so, that they devoted multiple sections in opposition to marriage equality:
We support the definition of marriage as a God ordained, legal and moral commitment only between a natural man and a natural woman.
• We support withholding jurisdiction from the Federal Courts in cases involving family law, especially any changes in the definition of marriage.
• We shall not recognize or grant to any unmarried person the legal rights or status of a spouse.
• We oppose the recognition of and granting of benefits to people who represent themselves as domestic partners without being legally married.
• We urge the Legislature to rescind no-fault divorce laws and support Covenant Marriage.
We oppose the assault on marriage by judicial activists.
We support the enforcement of the State and Federal Defense of Marriage Act and oppose benefits for partnerships outside of marriage provided by political subdivisions.
We believe religious institutions have the freedom to recognize and perform only those marriages that are consistent with their doctrine.
We support the affirmation of traditional Judeo-Christian family values and oppose the continued assault on those values.
Republicans would also rather see a child be without a family than adopted by a loving same-sex couple:
We oppose mandates that deny mothers a choice in selecting a traditional home for their children.
We oppose mandatory open adoption.
We oppose any government agency to force faith-based adoption or foster care organizations to place children with same-sex couples.
Lastly, and quite oddly, Republicans support a medical record computer database or registry to track individuals that are HIV+. While not blatantly gay-specific, if their ignorant homophobic views are consistent throughout their entire platform, which thus far have been, it is safe to assume HIV equates to homosexuality in the minds of the Texas GOP:
We oppose any state or federal medical record computer database or registry (with exception to diseases that are a public health threat, i.e., HIV and/or Tuberculosis), which stores personal identifiable records on citizens without their written consent.
Sadly for Republicans, they won't be able to throw LGBT people under the bus in exchange for social conservatives' votes for much longer. History is not on their side.
In fact, change is already here. Support for LGBT rights exists wide-spread throughout all younger generations of Texans, including young Republicans. No matter how hard they huff and puff and threaten the LGBT community, there's nothing Texas Republicans can do that will prevent Texas from joining the fight for equality.
Love always prevails.